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A Colorado man who was rescued from his submerged car by first responders now claims, via his lawyer, that it was something else that saved him: grace, presumably of the divine kind.
And he’s getting ready to sue the people who pulled him to safety – because he says they took too long to show up.
A Broomfield man who was rescued from his submerged car during the September floods has filed papers indicating he might sue his rescuers and first responders.
Roy Ortiz was rescued by North Metro Fire Rescue District and others who responded to the scene after his car was washed off the road on Sept. 12. He says crews took too long to respond to the accident after he became trapped in his upside-down car near the intersection of U.S. 287 and Dillon Road in Lafayette.
… [Lawyer Ed] Ferszt stated Ortiz survived “by pure grace.”
The legal document filed by Ferszt, called a government immunity notice, is a standard precursor to suing a government agency. Ferszt names Boulder County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and a member of the regional dive team.
The incident happened during floods that swept the region.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tillie Tooter made headlines two years ago when she was rescued after being trapped upside down in her car for several days. Now she's suing the people who saved her.
Her attorney, Terry Rosenblum (pictured), believes the Florida Highway Patrol, Fort Lauderdale police and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue had information that should have led them to rescue Tooter sooner.
The initial 911 call led troopers to a spot a mile from where Tooter's car went over a concrete barrier, but Rosenblum says a second call should have zeroed them in. "'I saw a car flip over the guardrail and spark.' That call was taken by Fort Lauderdale. They then in turn hung up, (the caller) tried to get FHP but couldn't," said Rosenblum.
The FHP insists it did what it could with the information it had at the time. According to state law, Tooter can only recover $100,000 total from all three agencies.
Her attorney said the suit is not about money, but about making sure troopers and rescuers do a better job.